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Depression Does Not Have to Keep You Down – Get Relief
In our culture, depression is a loaded word. We use the term all the time to identify a feeling of being down. There is a big difference, however, between being down and being depressed. Depression is an illness that involves the mind, body and spirit. Your thoughts affect your moods, and depression affects the way a person eats, sleeps, and feels about him or herself. Depression affects the way you think about things. Although depression varies from person to person, is a serious medical illness. It is not something you make up in the head, imagine or create. Depression is a real condition that is a common but serious illness. Most people who experience depression need treatment to get better. The good news is that even in the most severe cases, depression is a highly treatable disorder.
Depression may look different in men and women. It also looks different in young people and older adults. Depression in older adults may come from poor health or the aging process itself. It is disheartening to realize you cannot do the same things you used to be able to do when you were younger. It is difficult to face some of the changes in the body that come with aging. It is also difficult to face the fact that people you loved have passed. Facing a high mortality rate amongst your peers can lead to feelings not only of grief but of depression. Men often don’t speak about their feelings and you may signs of depression acted out in angry or belligerent behavior while the women may be more vocal about their feelings of sadness and may even seek out help.
Depression in teens may be very different from what you see in the elderly. Depression in teenagers may be associated with hormones, self esteem and perhaps chemical imbalances. Diagnosis and treatment are extremely important and often difficult to ascertain. Some of what you see in the adolescent may be what you consider normal adolescent behavior. They may be rebellious and oppositional and you may just think that is the normal struggle in developing their identity as a separate individual. Be careful. Don’t assume it’s just normal adolescent development. Depression is a serious problem that can take over every aspect of the person’s life. Depression can bring on an overwhelming sense of sadness, despair, or anger. You may feel like you are witnessing a complete change of personality. In the most serious of cases, depression can lead to strong feelings and thoughts of suicide. Depression is no joke and should not be taken lightly. The suffering with feelings of depression is very real and should not go untreated. Depression is very damaging when left untreated, so don’t wait and hope that the symptoms will go away. If you think you could be suffering from depression or someone you love is showing signs of depression, get help. Depression is a highly treatable disorder.
Have you ever heard someone say, “What you think about, you bring about?” This applies to whatever we manifest in our lives but it specifically applies to depression. Along with all of the chemical, hormonal, and physical components, depression also involves a mindset. You experience terrible feelings of sadness. Do you realize that we have emotional responses to what we think about? We emotionally respond to our thoughts. Thus, perhaps we are thinking sad thoughts or thoughts that make us respond emotionally with feelings of unhappiness, doubt, failure, negativity or any other feeling that zaps us of our energy and joy in living. When seeking treatment for depression, include a therapist that is able to work with you to change that mindset. Look for someone that can give you techniques that will teach you to change what you are thinking. Learn to see the positive side. The pendulum swings both ways. Things are not all black and negative. There is always a positive side. The pendulum does swing back. Realize that better times are ahead and learn to look forward to what is to come. Time never stands still and things change. Change your thoughts and you will change how you feel.